Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blue Tuesday - NARS Liquid Stylo Eyeliner in Atlantis

As i've mentioned in many other posts, i'm a complete fiend for liquid eyeliners;  i learned to use them back in my Punk Rock Girl days in the mid-1980's and i've never tired of them.
When i got a bit older, i branched out from the requisite black and ventured into the different colours that became available.  Back in the day, NARS came out with these amazing liquid-gel eyeliners in these little glass jars.  They were new and different because their texture was somewhere between - as i said - a liquid and a gel.  The came with a little brush and the colour selection was incredible.  I was in love with those liners, and had one in every colour.
For whatever reason, they were discontinued sometime after 2007 (i'm not entirely sure - during that time i was taking a break from the cosmetics industry and dealing with other things) and for me, eyeliners have never been the same.  I miss them.

Then, NARS released their version of a liquid eyeliner pen - it was pretty horrible.  The formula was thin, weak and runny.  I was crushed.

And then, in 2011, i believe, they reformulated the eyeliner pens and released the current Stylo Eyeliner.  Apparently they listened to their customers, because this new version ROCKS.  Every liquid eyeliner pen i ever try is compared to my Holy Grail, Le Metier de Beaute's Precision Eyeliner - it's a tough eyeliner to live up to.   NARS Stylo is very close, in my opinion.  Like the LMdB, the Stylo is opaque yet buildable, applies smoothly and stays on  my oily lids all day.  The ONLY complaint i have is that when my eyes get watery in the corners, it can smudge just the teensiest bit - which the LMdB somehow manages to never do.  BUT.  This is only under the extreme conditions of my allergy-riddled eyes when they're really leaking up a storm.
For instance, today my eyes do have a bit of the watery thing going on, but the NARS Stylo hasn't budged yet. It's not a waterproof liner, so that is pretty impressive, really.

Another really nice thing about these eyeliners is the colour selection.  There is, of course, the requisite black (Carpates)- but they also come in a navy blue (Atlantis, shown below), rich, lightish brown (Nuku Hiva), and grey (Koala). I find the brown one to be a bit too light, even bright for my tastes, preferring a darker, cooler brown.  However the rest of the shades are really gorgeous.

NARS Stylo Eyeliner in Atlantis

Like my HG felt-tip eyeliner, the NARS Stylo comes with a tapered tip - a bit longer than some are used to but definitely easily managed.  It's super-easy, in fact, to draw on an extremely fine, as well as a thicker line.  The flow of ink is perfect, with no annoying clicky-thing to release the product.
I particularly like this shade of blue in Atlantis.  It's noticeably blue without being bright and satisfyingly opaque, buildable to a deep, dark navy.
I paired it with a champagne-brown an mid-toned navy eyeshadow here, with a navy pencil on the lower-lash line.

Here, i drew a fairly thin line to demonstrate what a fine line can be achieved. There is no skipping, no pulling and no flaking with this liner.  It really is quite impressive!  

Atlantis is just a beautiful colour when you want to get away from black. It's still deep enough to give depth along the lash line, and intensity if you want to draw a nice, thick-tapered cat-eye.  
Like so:

Ignore the horrific texture of my skin and redness around my nose - i need clearly to take a break from the retinols and do a moisture mask!

If you're looking for an easy-to-use, non-harsh liquid eyeliner pen - then the NARS Stylo Liquid Eyeliner is your ticket.  
From subtle to bold, this liner can do it all.

Now, i just need to be patient for their NEW gel eyeliners coming out sometime this month - it looks like they're bringing back quite a few of the colours from the liquid-gel pots from back in the day!  

Can't wait.

What i'm wearing in this post:

First 4 photos:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows from Melange de Couleur palette; 
Nylon Stocking under brows
Beige on mobile-lid
Sapphire on outer-third, V and under lashes
Rouge Bunny Rouge eye pencil in Vera on lower lash-line
Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil, Blonde

Last photo:

Face - 
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer (Ivory)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicata blush 

Lips - 
MAC lipliner pencil, Hip 'n Happy
MAC Creamsheen Lipstick, Cream Cup

Eyes - 
Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows:
Nylon Stocking under brows
Gold on mobile-lid
Cyan outer-third, V and under lashes
Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil, Blonde

I hope you enjoyed today's post!  Not sure what's coming up next, but i promise it'll be good :)

Painted Lily

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